Business Travelers: Do you recommend Gotham Bar and Grill for
Every review of Gotham Bar and Grill is glowing, everyone loves the place as do I. I was really looking forward to going back. Gotham deserves every one of those good reviews. The entire experience, from the welcome at the door to the service and food, is terrific. Go anytime for a wonderful time. Gotham offers a $25 prix fix lunch marketplace special. Yes, I am in Greenwich Village again, but having one of New York’s best restaurants so close to home made this trip quickly inevitable. NYC neighborhoods The Bowery, Meatpacking District and Flatiron are coming soon along with more Philly favorites.
The Gotham Bar and Grill Experience: OK, I cheated. It was the July 4th holiday week. With the 4th on a Wednesday both weekends emptied the city so I go to Gotham on Friday, July 6, 2012 about 8:15 P.M. expecting lots of seats. Not quite, the restaurant is full and I snag one of the 3 remaining empty seats at the bar, a nice vibe for a holiday Friday night. The bar faces the wall and seems quite long with about 18 seats on the long side and 4 seats on each of the short sides. I sit about 2/3 of the way down the long end. Sit at the bar near the door for a good view of the entire restaurant. I order a drink and look at the menu. I know you can’t go wrong with most items but the well-known classic Gotham Bar & Grill Tuna Tartare is calling my name (watch this video to learn the story and see how it is made coutesy Eater Untouchables). I order the Tartare with the Gotham Risotto, actually two appetizers, but both were absolutely terrific and plenty of food.
Once I order, the bartender snaps my dinner “tray” to the top of the bar and it is as if I now have a small table at the bar, very cool and comfortable. It also thankfully keeps my food off my shirt. The bartender is nice, engaging and extremely professional. The other patrons are all in small groups at the bar so my conversations were limited but they all seemed friendly and were having a good time.
Business Travelers: Gotham is expensive but worth the price. Restaurant week for dinner or lunch presents a rare opportunity to get a good deal. Excellent for all types of business activities with friends, coworkers, clients and colleagues. The bar is not extremely social, most people have come with others and are already engaged so this is a good place to come alone to decompress or with others, interacting with other patrons only when you want. Of course the Greenwich Village neighborhood is a great walking area and Gotham is near some of the most beautiful blocks in The Village, or even the city, with the blocks of West 10th, 11th and 12th between 5th and 6th Avenues being the best. Also check out the scene in nearby Union Square. A perfect place for Women traveling on business, you will feel welcome and comfortable in Gotham and the surrounding neighborhood.
Gotham Bar and Grill
12 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003